Genomind Blog

  • The Child Mental Health Crisis

    People often associate carefree adventures and unconditional parental love with childhood. However, that is not always the case. A recent trend of suicide and suicidal thoughts in youths has been on the rise over the past couple of years. By the end of 2014, the national suicide rate for children reached a 30-year high. In the last decade, the rate

  • PTSD: Resilience and Therapy

    Throughout the month of June, organizations and individuals aim to bring greater awareness to PTSD (Post-traumatic Stress Disorder). PTSD is more common than you may think – In the U.S., 7-8% of the population will have PTSD during their lifetime. Experiencing trauma is common, and each time an individual undergoes a traumatic event, he or she has a chance to develop

  • Mental Health in the Workplace - Walking the Talk

    May is Mental Health Month, which gives us a timely opportunity to reflect on some alarming workplace statistics. Each day, one million workers miss work due to stress. Depression specifically causes workers to miss an average of almost 5 workdays in a three-month period and is estimated to cause 200 million lost workdays each year. At Genomind, our mission is

  • Elyse Fox's "Sad Girls Club" Challenges the Narrative about Women of Color and Mental Health

    The popular “Sad Girls Club” Instagram was started as a community-based effort to address the silence and lack of mental health support for women of color after girls and women reached out to Instagrammer and mental health advocate, Elyse Fox, expressing their need for mentors. It all started with her small film project “Conversations with Friends,” which follows her year-long

  • Mental Health Month: A Perspective

    May is Mental Health Month in the U.S., a time to start conversations about mental health and educate the public about mental illness. Mental illness is incredibly prevalent in the United States; in fact, 34% of Americans report having been diagnosed with a mental illness or have a friend or family member who has been. At Genomind, we’re striving to

  • Prince Harry Opens Up About His Mental Health

    For two decades, Prince Harry remained mostly silent about the death of his mother, Princess Diana. Now, he has opened up about the death of his mother and how it affected his mental health. Prince Harry shared in a recent interview with the Telegraph that in his late 20s, he crumbled and experienced two years of “total chaos.” He felt

  • Royals Launch Mental Health Film Series with Heads Together Campaign

    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge launched a campaign called Heads Together to open up conversations around mental health and help end stigma. Now, they are launching a 10-part film series showcasing the perspectives of different individuals and discussing their mental health was life-changing. The #oktosay films feature a variety of people–including parents, musicians, and actors–talking about how acknowledging their

  • Exploring Genetic Causes of Autism

    April is Autism Awareness Month, when people and organizations across the world strive to raise awareness about the condition. In recognition of this month, one of our co-founders, Dr. Jay Lombard, explores the genetic causes of autism. Autism is a complex developmental disorder believed to be based on a number of genetic factors, but so far scientists haven’t identified the

  • UK Teens Are Struggling With Mental Illness, But Teachers Lack Skills to Help

    Rates of anxiety and depression have increased by 70 percent in the past 25 years among teenagers in the United Kingdom, according to stem4. A large number of teenagers say they experience “emotional distress” and don’t have teachers with the skills to help them with their mental health issues. In a survey conducted by stem4 of 500 secondary school students,

  • Dealing with Depression at College

    By a patient tested with the Genecept Assay  (The author of this piece prefers to remain anonymous) Mental health is something I’ve had to learn a lot about because of the challenges I’ve faced. I was diagnosed with major depression in my late teens, and more than a decade later took a medical leave from my graduate dual degree program